8 September 2014
According to research into alcohol usage amongst teenagers aged between 12 and 16 years of age in The Netherlands, there appears to have occurred a “spectacular” shift over the last ten years.
Around the time of the millennium, Dutch teenagers were described as “the biggest boozers of Europe”. According to research, however, this trend seems to have shifted. In 2003, 70% of teenagers around the age 12 had already had their first drink. Ten years later, this percentage has dropped to 17. Less than half of children around 14 years of age have had an alcoholic beverage these days.
See also paragraph 3 Fact and figures.